How To Elk Hunt
Need to know do you hunt elk? Elk, despite what their size may indicate, are very hard to hunt. They live in rugged country, and have the natural instincts of any animal. The purpose of this article will be to try and give an overview of the steps for the novice elk hunter.
To hunt elk you will need:
- Hunting tools appropriate to the weapon
- Targets appropriate to the weapon chosen
- Hunting clothing
- Sturdy Boots
- Topographical maps of the hunting area
- Hunting licenses
- Hunting knife
- Hydration unit
- Cooking gear
- Elk Calls
- Research material
- Start getting in shape. Elk live in rugged country. This can mean long hikes, and mountainous terrain. You will want to be in top shape. If you are not, now is the time to start.
- Research your intended area. Each area/state that allows elk hunting will have different rules and requirements. Their rules may well determine what weapon and tools you may use, or if you need a guide.
- Acquire a weapon and hunting gear. This generally means a bow or rifle. Purchase whatever else you need if you don't already have it. Follow the advice of the professionals and buy good gear. Good clothing, boots, coats, tents, cook gear, sleeping bags, and all the other needed items can make a big difference. Poor quality discovered in the field is not fun,
- Practice with the weapon. Animals the size of elk can be hard to judge at various ranges. Practice until you are proficient with the use of your weapon. The animal deserves a clean shot and kill.
- Study the animals. If you have not hunted elk before read everything you can get your hands on about them. Find out their likes, dislikes, where they are at what time of year in the area you plan to hunt. Find out the hunting strategies which work on them. Learn how to call them using elk calls. Every bit of information you can find will help you with a successful hunt.
- Find a reputable guide. Many areas will require a guide. Even if they do not, there are huge advantages to it. Guides can help you find animals, and can help by having camps and horses available for you to use. They can be the difference between a pleasant experience and a poor one. Think serious about using one for at least your first time hunting elk, even if the area does not require it.
- Practice calling if guide advises. One of the most effective elk hunting methods is calling in most areas. Buy your calls and practice early.
- Book your hunt early. Like any other trip there are only so many permits, guides, hunting camps, plane tickets available. Book early and make sure you get what you want when you want it.
- Enjoy your hunt. Its been a lot of work. You have put a lot of dedication and planning into it. Enjoy it and it can be the adventure of a lifetime. If possible, share it with a special friend, you both will remember it always.